NAMI Fairfield, the National Alliance on Mental Illness' Fairfield chapter, has opened registration for a free 12-week family education program for family members of persons diagnosed with serious mental illness. The program, set to begin Monday, Feb. 11, will be 6:30 to 9 p.m. Mondays at First Church Congregational, 148 Beach Road.

For details or to register, call Barbara at 203-984-8251.

The course, run by trained family members with experience living with a loved one with mental illness, will strive to provide answers on various mental illness topics, such as major types, diagnosis, treatments and medications, among others. It will also explain how to communicate better with someone with mental illness, handle a crisis, take care of oneself and find services in the community, according to a release.

The agency is a national grassroots mental health organization focused on improving the lives of persons living with serious mental illness and their families.

Class size is limited, so those interested in attending are asked to pre-register for the course.

For information or to register, call Barbara at 203-984-8251.